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China Reading & Film List

To familiarize yourself with China, here is a suggested list of books and films. Some of these you will be able to click through to purchase from Amazon.com

Business Decision Making in China (Paperback) Quanyu Huang, Joseph W. Leonard, Chen Tong
Historical, military and philosophical references with lessons which are applied to today’s modern business and political world.

China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise (Hardcover) by Susan L. Shirk

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power (Kindle Edition). Rob Gifford. 2007

Chinese Art of Tea. John Blofeld. Immerses you in the tea ceremonies, tea houses, brewing, cups and vessels with history and poems about tea and its effect on health and psyche.

Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard (Hardcover - Aug 29, 1985)

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (Paperback) by Adeline Yen Mah (Paperback - April 6, 1999)

Life and Death in Shanghai (Paperback) by Nien Cheng (Paperback - May 3, 1988

Mao: The Unknown Story (Paperback) by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday (Paperback - Nov 14, 2006)

Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now (Paperback) by Jan Wong (Paperback - May 19, 1997)

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) (Paperback) by Peter Hessler (Paperback - April 25, 2006)

The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan Novels) (Mass Market Paperback) by Tom Clancy 2000) A high-level assassination attempt in Russia leaves it vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny—and change the face of the world.

Sun Tzu's The Art of War: Plus the Ancient Chinese Revealed (Paperback)

The Master of Rain (Paperback) Tom Bradby. 2002. Shanghai. 1926. Exotic, sexually liberated and pulsing with life, here is Shanghai at war with the Tai Pan’s, a police force on the take, and Communism creeping in with the fog. TIME magazine: “Does for Shanghai what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles—stylish and cool---debauchery at its most elegant”

The Tiananmen Papers : The Chinese Leadership's Decision to Use Force Against Their Own People - In Their Own Words (Hardcover) Liang Zhang (Compiler), Andrew J. Nathan (Editor), Perry Link (Editor), Orville Schell

Three Gorges of the Yangzi: Grand Canyons of China (A Genius of China Close-Up Guide) (Paperback) Richard Perry Hayman, Albert LaFarge(editor) “Traveling up the rapids of the Yangzi is more difficult than climbing to heaven,” Du Fu 8th Century

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China (Paperback) by Jung Chang (Paperback - Aug 12, 2003


Empire of the Sun (1987) by Hiro Arai, Christian Bale, J.G. Ballard, and Ray Charleson (DVD - Nov 6, 2001)

Farewell My Concubine (1993)  DVD Kaige Chen, Director. 1993

Kundun (1988) DVD

The Blue Kite [1993]  DVD

The Last Emperor [1987] Bernardo Bertolucci, Director. 1987

To Live [1994] One of the best films of 1994, To Live is a bold, energetic masterpiece from Zhang Yimou, the foremost director from China's influential "fifth generation" of filmmakers.